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UN Secretary General salutes KDF officer on winning international award

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has commended KDF officer Major Steplyne Nyaboga on winning the Military Gender Advocate of the Year.

Major Nyaboga, 32, recently completed a peace-keeping tour with United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur, South Sudan.

During the two-year tour, she focused on highlighting gender disparities and providing solutions of mainstreaming gender dimensions.

“Through her efforts, Major Nyaboga introduced new perspectives and increased awareness of crucial gender dimensions across the Mission and helped strengthen our engagement with Darfur women,” Guterres said.

“The United Nations remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring that women sit at the political table and make their full contributions to peace, and Major Nyaboga’s dedication has advanced the vital clause,” he added.

UN Council Resolution

Her efforts dovetailed with the principles of the global body’s Security Council’s Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security.

In her award acceptance speech, Major Nyaboga said that placing women and girls at the centre of the military’s efforts will result in better civilian protection.

Defense Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma also celebrated the Major’s recognition. “This international recognition is a clear demonstration of the KDF professional acumen,” she wrote on Twitter. “You make all Kenyans, and particularly women, proud. Kudos!!”

Career journey

Major Nyaboga joined the military in 2009 as a Signal Radio Troop Commander. She quickly rose through the ranks reaching the Brigade level in 2011 at age 22. In 2013, she was put in charge of managing and instructing Kenya Defense Force recruits.

In 2017 she became a senior instructor, commanding the communication wing.

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